AN APPRENTICESHIP Training Agreement (ATA) signing ceremony between 21 apprentices from Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) and seven automobile companies was held recently at the Mechanical Training Centre.
According to a press release, the agreement between the students undertaking their BDTVEC Skill Certificate 3 Apprenticeship in Automotive Technician and the companies – Boustead Sdn Bhd, Happy Motoring Co Sdn Bhd, Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, NBT (Brunei) Sdn Bhd, Premier Motor Co Sdn Bhd, QAF Sdn Bhd, Setia Motors Sdn Bhd – would allow them to go for their 13-month on-the-job training at the participating establishments.
Present were guest of honour Awg Zulhilmi bin Hj Abidin, Acting Commissioner of Labour, Ministry of Home Affairs, Acting Assistant Director of Institute of Brunei Technical Education, Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli, and Acting Principal of Pusat Latihan Mekanik, Sheikh Lukman bin Sheikh Hj Abdul Hamid.
Other guests include representatives from industry partners and participating establishments, apprentices and parents/guardians, principals, senior officers and other personnel of Institute of Brunei Technical Education.
In his welcome speech, Dr Haji Mohd Zamri thanked all the industry partners for their continuous support and participation in the apprenticeship training scheme.
He highlighted the importance of promoting the establishment of a long lasting partnership in providing opportunity and training to the progression of Brunei’s youth to fulfil the market demand in the automotive industry.
The press release also stated that between February 2008 and June this year, 77 apprentices have enrolled in the Automotive Technician programme, with 38 already having completed their training.
As an integral part of their training – apart from the general and occupational skills – the apprentices are also guided in the development of life skills such as self-management, planning and organisation, communication, working with others, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, applying numeracy, design and technology skills, and learning.
Upon completion, the apprentices will be awarded with BDTVEC Skill Certificate 3 Apprenticeship in Automotive Technician, and possibly be offered employment by the sponsoring company subject to vacancy and good performance during their internship.
The other apprenticeship schemes currently available at the institute are the Professional Cookery and Services, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning, and Telecommunication and Information Technology.